Below is a just sample of our successful Case Stories from the 12 programs and ministries of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
This is "Ms. A", I hope everything is well. I spoke to your supervisor who followed up with me regarding the payment received for rental assistance. I so appreciate your organization checking up on me!
I informed him of the situation missing about a week with my sons MRSA infections. I told him everything was good but I was still behind $300.00. Surprisingly he said send over proof and you would look into paying my balance! Amazing just in time for the holidays. I was so surprised and so amazed at what a wonderful organization that I have been involved with since my first pregnancy.
Your organization is such a blessing to become affiliated with. I speak so highly of you guys and would recommend anyone who is looking for any type of support (mental, financial) to come and give you a visit!
They say it takes a village to raise children and with limited family and friends I'm proud you are apart of my village.
The lord always looks out for me and I'm tearing up writing you this email. I swear I'm amazed how I make it so far with limited resources.
I just want to send my sincere appreciation for such wonderful assets you provide to the community.
You have by far made my life just a bit more bearable.
Thank you so much again.
I could go on and on all day about how much this means to me, however I need to get back to work.
Thank you again and God bless."
Case Story – A letter from a client:
October 17, 2016
"To Whom It May Concern:
I , Ana Karen Herrera, am writing this letter because I am very thankful with the help I received at Catholic Charities. My attorney Tim Kehoane did everything possible to help me obtain my waiver and it was approved the first time. I also want to thank Renee Arnao for all her help in the consular process. She allowed me to prepare the best possible application for my Visa. I did finally obtain my Residency this year July 2016. I highly recommend Catholic Charities and their staff. "
Case Story – “Fernando” came to the Catholic Charities Counseling office in February as a victim of a crime. Fernando sought counseling due to feeling panicky and anxious after being attacked with a weapon in a hallway at his high school. Fernando felt that he had to watch his back at all times while at school. Fernando reported that he was cooperating with the authorities and the District Attorney’s Office to stop his attackers from hurting anyone else. Before the incident happened, Fernando stated, “I was a normal 17-year-old boy who loved playing soccer, hanging out with friends and going to school. Since this incident, I am fearful. I do not want to go out anywhere nor take the bus to school. When I do go out, I want to have an adult or a family member with me at all times. I am not taking any chances of something like this happening to me again.” In sessions, Fernando received support and learned coping skills to decrease his anxiety. He learned ways to protect himself by having a companion stay with him, keeping close to the teachers during lunch time and reporting any anomaly to the school authorities when he felt that he was in danger. He began to gain more confidence in himself every day and became proactive by becoming more aware of his surroundings. Counseling treatment helped prevent Fernando from possible future psychological distress. With the help of counseling from Catholic Charities, Fernando was able to learn how to calm his nervousness and recuperate from the effects of the attack. He overcame his fears and regained his trust in people. Instead of becoming a statistic for suicide or a high school drop-out, Fernando graduated from his high school and will become the first member of his family to attend college.
Case Story - Entensia, a Spanish speaking mother in her mid 40’s, had been suffering from severe pain in her hips, knees and feet because she could not afford a follow up with medical treatment needed for her conditions and it was difficult with the language barrier. The Wellness Nurse helped her connect with health insurance that was able to cover her on-going treatment. She began attending the weekly Arthritis exercise class and Mother to Mother Health Ministry. Entensia now feels more comfortable with herself and confident in her ability to care for her family.
Living Healthy classes are held at Catholic Charities St. Mary's Center in Pahokee by Wellness Coordinator, Ivette LaManna.